The worsening coronavirus crisis, which deepened over the first few days of October, has led to calls for further restrictions to be imposed and lockdowns in a number of provinces.
On October 3, Dr. Alireza Zali, director of the Tehran Coronavirus Taskforce, called for some businesses in the Iranian capital to be closed for a period of one week to break the chain of transmission.
He asked Anooshirvan Bandpey, governor of Tehran province, to take decisive action to impose restrictions.
This came after rumors in late September that President Rouhani had banned Bandpey from giving interviews because he objected to the governor’s calls for lockdowns.
The areas of activity that Dr. Zali had in mind cover a wide range of businesses and public places, including schools, universities, seminaries, student dormitories, Friday Prayers congregations, and prayer establishments, vocational schools, libraries, mosques, hairdressers, beauty salons, coffee shops, restaurants, indoor swimming pools and sports clubs, especially those for Judo, wrestling, karate and other contact sports.
He also asked for a one-week ban on all social, cultural, and religious ceremonies and gatherings.
Dr. Zali warned that if authorities failed to act, a rise in infections was likely.
He predicted an increase in cases from between three and five times and a rise in fatalities between 1.5 to three percent.
Authorities have followed up their decision to fine people who violate coronavirus health protocols with more specific plans. In a meeting with the chairmen of the National Coronavirus Taskforce committee, President Rouhani repeated the term “penalties” seven times.
“Anybody who knows they are infected must not hide it,” he said. “Otherwise it is a violation. He must inform his family, his close friends, and his workplace.
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